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Editor’s Picks: Best of “Why Do I Worship?”

We focused the last quarter on loving God with all of our soul. We asked our contributors. . .why do you worship?

Editor’s Picks: Best of “Why Do I Feel?”

As we started the new year, we embraced Luke 10:27 as our anchoring verse, and spent the first three months digging into what it looks like to love God with all of our hearts. We were blown away by the generous contributions from our global volunteer contributors, and wanted to share with you a few of our best articles—ones that have already encouraged thousands, that we hope can encourage you too!

10 Steps To A Rejuvenated YOU

Title: 10 Steps To A Rejuvenated YOU
Artwork by: YMI
Description: 
We are often told we are what we eat. In a bid to rid our body of the excess burgers and fried noodles that we have been consuming, most of us would have tried a new diet or weight-loss fad to cleanse our bodies, often with little or no success. But just as important as it is to look after our physical bodies, we must also look at nourishing our soul, mind, and heart. With that in mind, we’ve put together 10 nourishing tips to rejuvenate our selves!

 

Breathe in the delicious scent of a favorite body scrub. Feel fresh skin emerging as we work the scrub all over our bodies. Like our skin, our mind needs a good cleanse every now and then. We scrub our bodies to cleanse it from the dirt and grime we have accumulated over the day. Likewise, our minds might have absorbed negative thoughts or ideas that are detrimental to us that we need to scrub out. 

Let us take the time to gently cleanse our minds and mouths, so our words and meditations will be acceptable to God (Psalm 19:14). Once done, fill our minds up with thoughts that are noble and right, pure and lovely, excellent and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8)

 

“I have been so busy,” is probably the most common expression we hear. Whether it is waking up early for a gym session, or working late into the night, most of us equate being busy with being productive. But soon, the stresses of frantically rushing from one appointment to another leave us perpetually tired and burned out. Fortunately, God knows how important rest is for us, and like a gentle shepherd, he invites us to lie down in green pastures, to rest beside the still waters, as he restores our soul (Psalm 23:1-4). Go on, it is time to put your feet up. 

 

Cold water, fresh juices, iced drinks. Water is essential to everyday living, and without it, we would shrivel up and become dehydrated. Likewise, staying hydrated in God’s word is just as important. Without His words, our spiritual lives will dry up. 

We are to soak in His words, drink deeply from the Bible, so that we will be like a tree that is firmly planted by the stream of water, which yields its fruit in its season, and whose leaf does not wither (Psalm 1:3). Doesn’t that sound simply refreshing?  

 

“I am not as good as her at sports”, “s/he is better looking than I am”, “I never have anything cool to say unlike him/her”. Whether we know it or not, we often find ourselves comparing our looks, gifts, or athleticism to our peers. Before we know it, we have spiraled into a pit of self-doubt and self-pity, thinking God has short changed us in every department. 

Instead of letting these thoughts rule our minds, let us “take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (Corinthians 10:3-5)”. Let us also take the time to remind ourselves that we are Christ’s “workmanship, created to do the good works He has prepared for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10)

 

For some, opting for a plate of fried chicken instead of a bowl of salad is hands down the easiest option. But eating too many fried chickens could have an adverse effect on our health. Likewise, choosing to nourish our soul with God’s words may seem like a dull alternative when we can spend it on streaming videos. However, reading daily devotions and spending time in prayer allows us to taste and see how good He is (Psalm 34:8). 

Feasting on His promises allows us to be filled with joy and peace, abounding in all hope (Romans 15:13). This is important for when life gets hard, and when we cannot see an end to our troubles, we can rely on His promises to get us through the tough times. Start nourishing your soul now!

 

Leading an active lifestyle is more than just eating the right foods, or thinking positive thoughts. Hitting the gym to build strong muscles are also part of a healthy lifestyle. But don’t just stop at the gym. Let your spiritual life be a fitspo for the people around you. 

Actively seek God in your youth (Ecclesiastes 12:1). Seek Him with all your heart, not straying from His commands (Psalm 119:10). Keep in step with God each day, turning from evil (Psalm 34:14). As we earnestly seek God, we will find ourselves transformed more and more into Christ-likeness.

 

OK, just one more look,” you promise yourself. “I will turn away from my phone after this.” A good 30-minutes fly before you turn away from your phone. Next minute, your phone tells you that your screen time has gone up by 40%. Now is a good time to get off the grid, and instead tune into God.

Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed (Luke 5:16). While this doesn’t mean we have to move to remote places to pray, why not lock your phone away in a drawer for an hour, while you pray or read your Bible? He can be found when we seek Him with all our hearts (Jeremiah 29:13), so let us update our spiritual life by spending time with Him. The fulfilment we get from spending time with God will last longer than any social media status update.

 

Laying on your couch as you binge the latest Netflix obsession can be tempting. But why not trade your home slippers with your sneakers, grab a friend or two, and go for a refreshing wander to a nearby park? If you are hitting the great outdoors, take the time to admire the lush surrounds. Use the time to praise God for the wonder and the beauty of his creations. 

Scripture says let everything that has breath praise God (Psalm 150:6), and it is through God that all things were made (John 1:3). As you gaze at the skies, remember that the heavens declare the glory of God, and the skies proclaim the work of His hands (Psalm 19:1)

 

Ah, who does not love a good chatter? Sometimes when we’re feeling overwhelmed, one of the best things we can do is to talk through our emotions instead of bottling them up inside. Talking about our situation with a trusted friend allows us to see a situation clearer, or gives us a new perspective on things. 

We are not made to shoulder our burdens alone. Scripture says two are better than one because if either one of them falls down, one can help the other (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12). We are to carry each other’s burdens (Galatians 6:2), so let us take every opportunity to spur each other on toward love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24) 

 

The joys of throwing out our old pre-loved items can be a freeing experience. Decluttering your wardrobe or house to make way for new things can be super exciting. Similarly, now that we are in Christ, we should put off our old selves, so that we can put on “the clothes of righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:20-24). God’s grace allows us fresh starts in our lives. There is no time like today to start afresh!

 

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Coming Back to Center—The Psalms

Title: Coming Back to Center—The Psalms
Artwork by: Zach Stuef(@stuefcreative)
Description: 
This project is the culmination of a time where I needed to refocus my life on the Cross after a particularly hectic work season when I was a design intern with a major company in Detroit. During that season, I focused solely on myself and my own professional development, diminishing the significance of Christ’s role in my life and neglecting to seek out my Savior for guidance. I realised it was necessary for me to refocus and come back to the center—where Jesus should always be.

I was led to ponder over His words in the book of Psalms and draw creativity out of it. The ultimate goal of this series for me was to explore distilling chunks of meaningful Scripture into a single image. Here are a few meaningful lessons that stood out to me.

I hope that this encourages you to focus on Christ as much as it has helped me.

 

Psalm 133

This psalm celebrates how beautiful it is when believers live in unity and love! When we stick together as a community through our ups and downs, and build each other up, the psalm promises that God will bless us and make us fruitful. Like dew falling on Mount Zion, that cools the air and refreshes the earth, brotherly love will make us flourish spiritually. How important it is for us to grow and love each other in Christ!

 

Psalm 3

This is a psalm that was penned by David when he was running from his enemies. Despite his distress, David’s genuine faith in God shone through. David boldly asked God for help because He knew that God will never fail him. Likewise, in difficult circumstances, we can call out to God, knowing He will never fail us. God delivers us and provides for us. Even though a multitude of enemies surround us, we will not falter for salvation belongs to the Lord.

 

Psalm 102

When we are hit with affliction like the psalmist, we should look to God, our Savior. He is strong, steady and consistent like a lighthouse, guiding our way amid the storms of life. God has compassion on His people and will grant us sufficient grace to press on through difficulties. Let us praise and honor God, for He is worthy of our praise!

 

Psalm 139

God is omniscient and omnipotent. He knows our every thought, feeling, and action. No matter where we go, He will always be with us. As our Creator, God knows us inside and out. Let us take comfort in the knowledge that God is with us and will help us wherever we are. Let us invite God to sanctify, search, and know our hearts intimately.